Spate of car break-ins at the town centre’s NCP

Car break-in at Trinity Place SUS-140926-122158001
Car break-in at Trinity Place SUS-140926-122158001

A recent break-in at the NCP car park at Trinity Place is the fourth one since June, according to the victim of one of the crimes.

Sandra Smith, who works at the nearby Esperance Hospital, was parking her car in the multi-storey daily but on September 22 her car was broken into.

Sandra said, “I came back to the car and the passenger window had been smashed. They had taken about four pound coins, my Tom Tom which was hidden under the seat and some sunglasses from the glove box.”
Sandra noticed the damage at around 4.45pm and said there was no-one from NCP on duty.

The police were called but didn’t come out to the scene either and Sandra said she felt quite alone and unsafe in the car park.

She told the Gazette, “I have since filled in an incident form and the man said it was the fourth break-in since June.”

Sussex Police has now confirmed Sandra’s car was one of two cars broken in to in the car park that day.

An NCP spokesperson said, “NCP is aware that there have been three thefts from motor vehicles within Eastbourne Trinity Place. We apologise profusely for the distress this has caused.

“NCP takes all criminal behaviour extremely seriously, and as a result we are currently reviewing our staffing and patrolling arrangements and will be working closely with the Police to take their advice on helping us to prevent any future incidents occurring.”

A spokesperson from Sussex Police said, “Officers have made contact with the car park for any CCTV images and have been conducting enquiries in the area.

“Officers carry out routine patrols in the area and PCSOs monitor the car park daily.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police by calling 101, quoting serial 1176 of September 22.